St. Francis Xavier
High School

1600 W. Prospect Ave.
Appleton, WI | (920) 733-6632

School Hours:
M 8:30am-3:00pm
T-F 8:00am-3:00pm

Office Hours:
M-F 7:30am-4:00pm

High School Fax: 
(920) 735-1787
High School Counseling Fax: 
(920) 257-2050


Learning Services

Cindy Winkelman, Learning Specialist, is a graduate from California State University, Los Angeles, BA English.  She holds credentials in Special Education: Learning Disabilities, English, Reading, and is a certified Irlen Screener and P.A.C.E. (Processing And Cognitive Enhancement) & Master The Code licensed provider.  Mrs. Winkelman teaches various learning support classes, tutors in multiple subjects, co-ordinates and creates the RTI plans for student intervention, conducts academic assessment, supports the International Students with their English language learning, and provides educational resources for teachers, parents, and students. She has taught in California and Michigan in elementary, junior high, and high school and has served in the Learning Services and English Departments at Xavier High School since 1999. She is the head of the Learning Services Department, coordinates the Interdepartmental Team meetings, and  shifts among membership  of the English, Math, and Science Departments.

Mariah Ervin, Learning Specialist, is originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stout with majors in Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation. She has cross-categorical credentials that include all disability areas that include but is not limited to SLD, ID, EBD, OHI, and AUT. Her graduate studies continued at the University of Marion in Fond Du Lac and added credentials in alternative and at-risk education. After college graduation, Mrs. Ervin worked as an alternative and special education teacher in the School District of New London at both the middle and high school levels, focused mainly in the English department. Additionally, Mrs. Ervin has coached students on the speech and debate team for fifteen years and held leadership positions on the executive board of the Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association from 2015-2018. She joined the Xavier High School faculty as a Learning Specialist and forensics coach in the fall of 2017.

Services Offered: 

Learning Specialist and Learning Advocate are available throughout the day, before school, and after school during Z period.

  • Tutoring: There is tutoring during the school day and after school in most subjects from the Learning Specialist and Learning Advocate.  Class teachers are available during Z: 3-3:30.  Nati
  • onal Honor Society offers tutoring during Z period (3-3:30) by appointment.
  • Study Groups: Study groups are conducted by the classroom teacher or by the Special Needs Department as needed.
  • In-class Auxiliary Support:  The Learning Specialist and Advocate visit and assist in classes where needed.
  • Testing & Assessment:  Screening tests and  testing for strengths and weaknesses in achievement, and  cognitive skills are available. There are several standardized as well as informal tests available for informal evaluation of learning difficulties.  Community referrals for further cindy1evaluation are available upon request.
  • Curriculum Modifications:  The Learning Specialist and Advocate will confer with an educational team to determine any modifications to assist with the academic success of a student.
  • Recommended Teaching Strategies:  After determining the needs and  best way to teach a student with learning difficulties, an individualized information sheet can be provided for each of the student’s teachers.
  • Behavior Modification Plans: Support systems can be devised and implemented for targeting desired academic behaviors and fading undesirable ones.
  • Advocacy:  The Learning Specialist and Advocate are available as a liaison between regular teachers and students with learning needs.
  • Support Materials: Information that is helpful for understanding learning needs of students is available: pamphlets, books, videos; or can be referred.
  • Study Tips: Condensed information for academic success on a variety of topics is available.
  • Learning Support:  Books in audio format, alternate texts, manipulative teaching materials, study  and technological aids

Appointments and Screenings:

Mrs. Winkelman makes appointments after school, during lunch, and can take drop-ins at X period. Screenings and assessment is usually scheduled for Fridays after school. Screening for attention, the TOVA screening test, is usually on Monday mornings by appointment. Meetings with incoming students are scheduled during August.